Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Right for You?


If you have been suffering from back pain, you know that it can be disruptive to your life. While there are many treatment options available, some people have decided to try spinal decompression therapy, which can either be done surgically or non-surgically. In order to decide whether pursuing spinal decompression in Alpharetta is the best decision for you, it is important to better understand the options.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a kind of motorized traction which can help to relieve pain in the back. This works by stretching the spine gently to change the position and force of the spine. Ultimately, this can remove pressure from the spinal disks. Supporters of this type of therapy believe that this type of treatment can retract herniated or bulging disks that can eventually remove pressure from spinal nerves. It has commonly been used to treat:

  • Herniated or bulging disks
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Neck or back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots
  • Worn spinal joints

People who should not pursue non-surgical spinal decompression include those with any of the following conditions:

  • Tumor
  • Fracture
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Spinal implants made of metal
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Surgical Spinal Decompression

Surgical spinal decompression can help to relieve pressure symptoms that the nerves and spinal cord experience, including weakness, tingling, numbness, and pain. However, it is typically used as a treatment of last resort for ruptured or bulging disks, bony growths, and other spinal issues. This is because there are risks associated with surgery, some of the most common of which include:

  • Tissue or nerve damage
  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding
  • Allergic reactions
  • Infection

There are also several different types of surgeries when it comes to spinal decompression, the most common of which include:

  • Laminotomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Diskectomy
  • Osteophyte Removal

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